This year’s Google I/O was bigger than it has been in the past. Over 7000 developers descended upon the Shoreline Ampitheatre and the results were amazing. Google announced a ton of new APIs for developers, new messaging apps, new devices, and held over two hundred sessions on bringing developers up to speed.
Android TV was not exempt from this event. There was a sandbox devoted to the Living Room. Developers came to see Google Cast and Android TV in action. There was a Nexus Player running the third developer preview of Android N. I was there as well, talking to developers from NVIDIA, PuppetMaster, Spotify, and so many more. There was a lot of interest in the platform and a lot of eagerness to see what’s next.
Google Home is a new device they announced which should communicate with all the smart devices in your home, including Android TV. Being able to control things with just your voice is pretty awesome, and Google’s AI is continually getting more reliable.
There were also a number of sessions to help developers get started with Android TV and Living Room. One was on Live Channels. The line for all these events were long, and people ended up crowding in the back. The Android TV market is growing pretty big thanks to the proliferation of devices of different types, and getting more developers on-board will help them expand their reach and improve the experience for users. They’re all embedded below for quick access.
The New Cast SDK
Google Cast & Android TV: Building connected experiences for the home
Bring your Android app to Android TV in minutes
Streaming Media with ExoPlayer
Bringing Live Content to Android TV
This was a great I/O, and there were plenty of great things for the Living Room as well. I can’t wait to see what developers build next!